Should You Exfoliate Your Lips?

Should You Exfoliate Your Lips?

It’s that time of year when the weather cools off and your skin goes through some particularly uncomfortable changes. Dry skin plagues most people during the winter months, but there’s one area that does not get enough attention–your lips. If you’ve never thought of exfoliating your lips, this article may have you reaching for some balm.

Dead Cell Build Up

Your lips shed skin cells just like the rest of your body–and those cracks and flakes may go unnoticed if you’re in the habit of applying balm and forgetting about it. This dead cell buildup can make your lips look dull, flaky or even lead to cold sores.

Your Lips are Delicate

Your lips are composed of very thin layers susceptible to damage more easily than other parts of your body that get more attention. Aside from ensuring you use balm with SPF during days you spend outside, exfoliating once a week can help your lips stay healthy.


If you wear lipstick, you may find yourself getting frustrated about clumps and uneven edges. Trendy matte lipsticks and lip paints demand smooth flake-free lips. Getting a clean edge when you apply lipstick looks fabulous, and weekly exfoliation can help you get that look.

While there are lip exfoliators on the market, there are also so many natural DIY recipes to try. Mixing sugar with coconut oil and gently rubbing with a soft child’s toothbrush can do just the trick.


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